Johnny Depp Exclusive Video Interview RANGO; Updates on THE RUM DIARIES and DARK SHADOWS

     February 28, 2011

Johnny Depp Interview RANGO slice

Opening March 4th is Rango, Industrial Light and Magic’s first fully animated film. Written by John Logan, directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin and a slew of famed character actors, the film tells the story of Rango (Depp), a pet lizard lost in the desert who lies his way into becoming the sheriff of a western town. Things go well as he uses luck, gumption, and improvisational skills to fake his way through the job, but when someone steals the town’s water supply, Rango is forced to become a real hero.

I was lucky enough to sit down with the film’s principal cast and Verbinski to discuss the film. We’ll have an interview every day this week, beginning tonight with Johnny Depp. We talked about his selectivity in animated projects, the existential origins of the film, the gonzo influences, and what’s up with The Rum Diaries and Dark Shadows. Hit the jump to watch:

johnny-depp-image(1)For those excited about Dark Shadows, here’s what I asked Depp and his answer.  Or you can just watch the interview below:

You’ve been talking about Dark Shadows for a very long time. There have been a couple of different versions, there was an older TV series, a newer TV series, and then your film. What is your version of Dark Shadows going to be like and are you excited to film it?

DEPP: I’m very excited to film it. You know, it’s something that Tim and I have talked about for a number of years because we were both fans. As kids, you know, you run home at three ‘o clock in the afternoon to go watch this gothic soap opera on television with vampires and everything. So our version, I guess, there’s something that’s very interesting coming from the screenplay and from the talks that Tim and I have had which is it retains that sort of bizarre distance that everyone has with one another in terms of the characters. Maybe Barnabus, in this version, is maybe a little bit more, maybe waxes a little more poetic now and again, you know? But it’s definitely in keeping with the original series.

Here’s the full interview.  For more on how they made Rango, watch this great featurette.

Johnny Depp

  • What made this film stand out from other animated film’s Depp has been offered.
  • :56 – Depp talks about the Hunter S. Thompson influence in the film.
  • 1:48 – Depp gives a quick update on The Rum Diaries and its’ planned US release.
  • 2:27 – Depp gives an update on Dark Shadows and describes his take on Barnabas.



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  • Christina

    thank you very much.

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  • Karen

    Hey Johnny….I am one of the millions of your very best fans. Not just because you are sexy, but you are an amazing actor, you keep the paparrazzi in check with your family, and you are a totally devoted father and significant other. Keep up the good work.

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  • Charles Jemner Smith

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  • Laura

    Johnny I’ve got to be one of your biggest fans! I absolutely LOVE you in the pirates of the carribean and your such a great actor! And your so sexy! :D hahah
    iloveyou! xxx

  • Linda

    My daughter and I went to see The Rum Diary last night. I can’t remember the last time I’ve laughed so much. My daughter was laughing so hard she was snorting and I needed to to go pee but wouldn’t leave the movie. Besides being a Johnny Depp fan I’m a huge fan of Hunter S. Thompson. The world could use more honest journalist like him. One absolutely amazing actor and journalist.

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    Hey johnny, you know what, i would have loved to be closer to you for numerous reasons, of which the most important is this question: is these your sayings from the scipts or personally constructed?

  • rose

    I love u soo much johnny depp,

  • Abigail

    Johnny, I love you! See you soon!

  • susuyi

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  • alealew

    i had this weird dream about you and i just wanted to say you are so flippin HOT !!!!!!!!!!!!! i swear that me and my aunt are your biggest fan i’m 9 years old turnig 10 i hope that i can see you soon. and just to let you know i love you soo much and please give me your number please i’m really nice and i wont give it away cross my heart swear to die poke a needle in my eye if i tell it

  • Neha Thakur

    heyyy…….johnny. I am one of ur fans. You are the best,best n best actor in the world. GOD bless you and ur family wid lots of love…………..:)

  • Mayuri Chaudhari

    hii jhonny i love u so much… I love to watch you everytime. your role in pirates of carribean sea is the master piece… love you alot…

  • Stefanel

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  • chrelen

    god bless you Johnny…you always help me when i am sad and you don’t even know it!!!You are the best Johnny…i really love you man!!!

  • chrelen

    god bless you Johnny…you always help me when i am sad and you don\’t even know it!!!You are the best Johnny…i really love you man!!!

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